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  •  Thank you for this. (7+ / 0-)

    Language is so plastic, so amenable to change, merely through the long passage of time.

    I think of words like "radical" and how one of its original meaning is -  " the base, or root of something,  fundamental," and how now it's used in a societal context as a pejorative.

    Then there are words emptied of meaning with intent, phrases devised to strip meaning from reality.

    The phrase "food insecure" - distancing the lived reality of heart cracking fear when you can't feed your family, the incessant worry that shadows each day, the eradication of hope, from the word "hunger."  

    And we're all familiar with how the word "Liberal" has been bastardized into something so foreign as to be unrecognizable to its open minded, warm hearted, meaning.

    Thank you for allowing a space to examine how another word is being stripped of its meaning and recast into something that we ignore at our peril.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:10:28 PM PDT

    •  'It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. (3+ / 0-)
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      'It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well.... Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it."
      -1984

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:36:35 PM PDT

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      •  I've been discribed as a "Nature Poet" (2+ / 0-)
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        I love language in its impossible contradictions. Its simultaneous richness and poverty, for it can never truly encompass what it seeks to describe.

        Not the living, breathing, sweating, sun and moon struck reality of it.

        And yet, it can hurt or heal hearts. Free or enslave minds.

        I don't think I've read anything more chilling that what you just quoted.

        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

        by Onomastic on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 10:01:32 PM PDT

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        •  1984 Is Really Frightening (4+ / 0-)

          The last parts where OBrien describes the future is chilling.

          The linguist who is quoted in the cafeteria scene is later liquidated.  He loved the Party, Big Borther, Newspeak, and his job.  The problem was that he understood what he was doing, and that's not permitted.

          There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

          by bernardpliers on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 10:54:52 PM PDT

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          •  Thinking and understanding not permitted. (5+ / 0-)

            I find that so horrifying and we're seeing that kind of thing going on around us. The Tea Party Republican orthodoxy. The way their elected officials in States like North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin, simply will not countenance any other view point but their own. The name calling, and vilifying. MSM's silence on all of it. It's all part of the whole.

            The last time I read 1984 was decades ago. It frightened me so badly I never wanted to read it again.

            Margaret Atwood's, The Handmaid's Tale, is a brilliant successor to 1984.

            Both works, and others, like Fahrenheit 451, have stayed with me for a very long time.

            But 1984's focus on language, the stripping away of meaning and any critical understanding, showed how we could arrive in the landscapes of the Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451.

            That's why I was so furious with Clinton's Telecommunications Act of 1996.  Still am. Its done untold damage.

            "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

            by Onomastic on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:27:25 AM PDT

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            •  O'Brien Explains (3+ / 0-)
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              We need endless war because it is imperative to have poverty and the right mental conditioning

              War, it will be seen, accomplishes the necessary destruction, but accomplishes it in a psychologically acceptable way. In principle it would be quite simple to waste the surplus labour of the world by building temples and pyramids, by digging holes and filling them up again, or evenby producing vast quantities of goods and then setting fire to them. But this would provide only the economic and not the emotional basis for a hierarchical society. What is concerned here is not the morale of masses, whose attitude is unimportant so long as they are kept steadily at work, but the morale of the Party itself. Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist. The splitting of the intelligence which the Party requires of its members, and which is more easily achieved in an atmosphere of war, is now almost universal, but the higher up the ranks one goes, the more marked it becomes.
              -1984

              There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

              by bernardpliers on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:58:25 AM PDT

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